Ed Sheeran really was the Wizard of Oz in 2017 as he cast a spell on Australian music fans and ruled the year-end charts.
Mirroring his sublime chart performance in the U.K., the British singer and songwriter owned the best-selling album Down Under with Divide (Warner) and its lead track “Shape of You” was the year’s best-selling single, according to new data published by ARIA.
Sheeran’s music dominated the ARIA Singles Chart throughout 2017 to land four inside the year-end top ten (and three of the top four), led by “Shape Of You,” the nine-times platinum hit which ruled the weekly chart for 15 cycles. Also on the year-end singles survey, the five-times platinum Latin smash “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber came in at No. 2 and The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This” was at No. 5.
Divide, the most popular album of the year in the U.S, is seven times platinum in Australia having logged 22 weeks at No. 1 and stayed in the top 10 for the entire 43 weeks since its release in March. The clamour for Sheeran’s latest album also revived his previous collections as 2014’s Multiply landed at No. 7 and 2011’s Plus finished the year at No. 12.
The only other artist to feature in the top 10 of the 2017 End Of Year Singles and Albums Charts is Kendrick Lamar, whose single “Humble.” hit No. 8 and his album Damn. (Interscope/ Universal) finished the year at No. 10.
“Congratulations to the incredible Ed Sheeran for having both the No. 1 album and single this year,” comments ARIA CEO Dan Rosen in a statement. “It is a remarkable effort that has not been achieved by any artist since Eminem in 2002.”
International acts ruled the upper tier of the year-end albums survey as Pink’s Beautiful Trauma came in at No. 2, Taylor Swift’s Reputation (Big Machine/Universal) was at No. 3, Adele’s 25 (XL/Inertia) — the best-selling album of 2016 — appeared at No. 4 and the Moana (Walt Disney/Universal) soundtrack rounded out the top 5.
The best-placed Australian album of 2017 was Paul Kelly’s Life Is Fine (EMI), which dropped in at No. 14, one place below Lorde’s Melodrama. Kelly’s 23rd album gave the acclaimed artist his first national No. 1 during the year and was one of 27 Australian albums to place inside the year-end top 100.
All told, a paltry nine Australian songs cracked the singles chart top 100, with Pnau’s “Chameleon” (MoS/Universal) the highest at No. 32.